Monday, February 28, 2011


An author's note inside The Sheep Book for Smallholders by Tim Tyne advises that the book "is not a veterinary manual, nor is it a miserable catalogue of the numerous ways in which a sheep may choose to die..."  So, you see, sheep don't have the best reputation for staying alive but, touch wood, the worst problem we've had in nearly four years of keeping a small ovine flock is one case of summer mastitis, which had a favourable outcome.  Perhaps it's to do with them being a rustic race (Ouessant) and living outside all the year. 
Still, one can't help worrying about these allegedly fragile creatures, which is why I've uploaded this little video of this year's lambstwo boys and a girl (with one more due soon).  Please have a look and give us your opinion of how healthy they look!

5 comments :

Val Grainger said...

haha....ouessants are most def not fragile....some of the toughest sheep i have come across! Tims book is good.....!
bobbins on their way!!!

Anonymous said...

How cute are they!!!
And I never realised sheep could run that fast!
Lxxx

Caroline said...

On their last legs, Stuart!:-)

J Wood said...

Hello - we've got Hebridean ( somewhere related I suppose to ouessant in the distant past perhaps) Same type of sheep in they are sturdier than their build would suggest.
Ps Alastair is my cousin.
JW

Tommo said...

Brilliant clip!